Meet The Team


Matthew Goodwin was born and raised in Ventura, CA, where he thrived on outdoor adventures. He has fond memories of surfing at Santa Claus Lane and Rincon, hiking the mountains of Ventura, Carpinteria, and Santa Barbara, and hitting balls at the Tee Time.

During college, he wanted to stay close and headed up the coast to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he received his Bachelor of Architecture. Matthew became an architectural designer focused on creating and operating unique hospitality experiences that highlight the beauty of the region he loves.

One of his recent projects, the Surfrider Malibu, transformed a dilapidated motel into a community-oriented retreat that embodies the local spirit. He joined his passion for natural beauty and sustainable living while embracing the agricultural goods provided by area farmers, winemakers, and beer crafters.

Matthew and his wife, Emma, recently welcomed a baby daughter. They can’t wait to introduce her to surfing, hiking, and camping on the Central Coast. When not enjoying the outdoors, you may find Matthew at home with his family, tending to his garden, and listening to one of the many records in his family’s deep vinyl collection.



Christopher Carlin was born and raised in Ireland, surrounded and influenced by the beautiful beaches and countryside of County Donegal. He attended university in Liverpool, England, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Quantity Surveying/Construction Economics.

His real estate career began in London, then New York, eventually leading him to California in 2005. He has since been in leadership/ownership positions with several companies, providing project and development management expertise for domestic and international hospitality and lifestyle clients.

Christopher’s global travel has taken him to some of the most unique hospitality and cultural experiences in the world, experiences that inform his vision for creating equally unique architectural and experiential hospitality locations that reflect the local community and culture.

Christopher lives in Ojai, CA, with his wife, son, and daughter. He loves the abundant outdoor opportunities in Ojai, including hiking & biking in the Topa Topa Mountains. He enjoys cooking, reading, creating artwork, and listening to his globally influenced-music collection.


Our Guiding Principles

We are committed to this ongoing relationship with human, land, and community.

To regenerate the land’s native landscape

To live lightly on the land

To ground, connect and inspire the community and guests

To remind people of their connection with the land

To create a space for like-minded people to share common goals and explore new ideas

To improve the health and wellness of the community and guests from the soil up

To create a project that is inherently sustainable

To nourish the land and the community

To become part of the community just as much as for the community of Carpinteria to become part of this project

To contribute to the greater good by offering visitors the experience of these guiding principles to take back to their communities

To encourage ongoing community participation with the program and the land

“The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.”


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